​Dear Friends:

Peter Lin gave a nice presentation on a variety of orchids he would recommend to an orchid grower so they always have something in bloom. These recommendations covered a variety of growing conditions, so there was usually something within my cultural conditions. He did not go into deep cultural details on the orchids suggested, but he did take time to answer specific cultural questions as they were asked. This program followed an earlier brown bag session where he took questions on orchids members were having trouble with.

I started to take a few moments at the last meeting to recognize volunteer efforts of a few of our members. I stated I would like to continue this recognition program by highlighting the volunteer effort of one or two members per month going forward. I also asked for members to get in contact with me to suggest someone they thought was appropriate for this. I received suggestions for two members. These were Arlen Ricker and Norma Raiff. I agreed they both have made great contributions to our society, so they are the ones I am highlighting this month.

Norma has been actively involved in many leadership positions since I joined the orchid society. Has served as president, and probably most other positions over the years. She led the effort to get our bylaws updated a few years back, and laid a good bit of the foundation work for revitalizing the society I am working to move forward with. Thanks Norma!

Arlene took over the duties of being our publicity department shortly after she joined the society. She has always done a wonderful job of getting our events in the local media. Arlene also served on the board not too long after she joined. Thanks Arlene!

Please let me know if you have someone in mind for us to take a few moments to publically recognize in the coming months for their contributions to the society.

We held elections at the May Meeting. The members in attendance approved the candidates put forth by the nominating committee. I thank Carolyn Bolton and Carol Panza for their work as the nominating committee. I also thank the directors leaving, Don Ammon and Mike Lysy, and Rich Raiff for his years as treasurer. I welcome Lori McDermott as our new Secretary, and April Arroyo and Lance Cheuvront as our new directors. Janet Greenberg has moved to Treasurer. I am staying on as President, Demetria Marsh continues as 1st Vice President, and Circe Curley as 2nd Vice President. The directors continuing on for a year are Josh Hagen, Rosa Graudins, and Dee O’Hara.

It just did not work out to do a show wrap up meeting with the last two speakers being willing to also do a brown bag lunch discussion. At this point, just send any information you feel is important to know going forward to me. I talked to Sheila Nathanson at the meeting. She is willing to co-chair next year’s show with me, so we will not be last second getting things started.

I am looking forward to seeing you at the June meeting,

 Gary VanGelder

June, 2017

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